Dr Tian, Xiaoli 田晓麗
Tian Xiaoli received her PhD in Sociology from The University of Chicago. Her research interests include how preexisting knowledge paradigms and cultural norms influence the way people respond to unexpected transformations of their everyday routines. This interest is reflected in her two main lines of research: cross-cultural transmission of medical knowledge and social interaction.
She recently published a paper on organ-snatching rumors in 19th-century China. In that paper, she argues that anti-missionary rumors that prevailed in nineteenth-century China were fueled by Protestant missionaries’ medical practices in addition to political conflicts. Furthermore, the rumors were framed in spatial concepts. The rumors arose and persisted not because the missionaries deliberately hid information, but rather because the visibility of their daily activities, the accessibility of the space they inhabited and practiced in, and the spatial placement of their living quarters contradicted the cultural norms in nineteenth-century China and therefore prevented the Chinese from acquiring correct information about the missionaries. Based on the revisit of the famous Tianjin Missionary case (天津教案), she concludes that the ambiguity of information that causes rumor is the result of the confrontation between two ways of understanding space.
Continuing these two lines of research, her current research focuses on Traditional Chinese medicine in contemporary China, as well as new media in the Chinese context, including a project on Facebook use in Hong Kong and another one on digital production (especially online literature) in mainland China.
|Awardees||Award Date||Honours / Awards / Prizes||Category|
|2008-08-01||Honorable Mention for the Graduate Student Paper Award competition: American Sociological Association Social Psychology Section||Research Achievement|
|2009-08-01||Student Paper Award: Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association||Research Achievement|
|Term Period||Position||Professional Societies|
|06/2012||Invited Conference Auditor||Conference on “Inter-Asian Connections III: Hong Kong”|
|10/2012||Manuscript reviewer||Chinese Sociological Review|
|09/2007-08/2009||Associate editor of Book Review Board||American Journal of Sociology|
|10/2012||Manuscript reviewer||Studies in Sociology of Science|
|09/2007-now||Manuscript reviewer||American Journal of Sociology|
|05/2015||Manuscript reviewer||American Journal of Cultural Sociology|
|Spoken Language(s) (EN)||Spoken Language(s) (ZH)|
|Written Language(s) (EN)||Written Language(s) (ZH)|
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